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Welcome to Leap VIP

Shape and build your own bespoke travel itinerary

Dear Traveller,

On the back of talking to many a gapper and their family throughout the last twenty years, we realised that there was a need to share our travel expertise to not just the gap-year travellers, but anyone wanting to see the world.

This ‘need’ led us to setting up Leap VIP, a centralised knowledge hub where travellers can access itineraries, hot off the press travel advice, and our global network of contacts. By signing up you’ll have access to all of this, plus the amazing Milly, who would love to chat to you about how to plan your travel itinerary.

Here at the Leap we love to discuss all things travel, and Leap VIP is perfect for both the independent traveller, and for those planning on travelling after their team Leap programme. We firmly believe that there’s never a wrong time in your life to travel. You’re never too late to the game, and whether you’re a seasoned traveller or a total newbie, we think that Leap VIP is the best way to navigate the complexity of post-pandemic travel. For inspiration, read this article written in the Telegraph by two past LEAP VIPers.

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Once you’ve signed up for Leap VIP we advise that you book a zoom chat with Milly to start planning and shaping your travel plans.

We can’t wait to hear from you.

Shape and build a bespoke travel itinerary through Leap VIP and navigate the complexity of post-pandemic travel.


Benefits of Leap VIP

You will access an up-to-date travel resource to navigate the opening up of the globe, giving you the confidence and know how to travel once again. Follow us on @gapyearexperts - for update alerts and follow Leap Live

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Travel consultation Discuss your travel plans

Chat through your gap plans

Once you are a VIP customer, we highly recommend you book a zoom call to chat through your plans with Milly. She is our travel guru and her font of knowledge is extensive when it comes to what is looking possible in these weird times.

A zoom with Milly will help give direction, excitement, and a realistic overview of safe /responsible paths to think about.

Her diary is accessed when you book onto Leap VIP


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Where Whose borders are open?

Where in the world can we go?

The world is definitely opening up, and now is the time to see it! What we like to do is help identify the best continent and countries to combine so you plan a dynamic itinerary full of contrasting experiences and challenges.


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Insurance Who's covering covid?

Is a pandemic covered?

Thankfully so many insurance companies have caught up and you will find that most policies will cover you. However we can advise you on what insurance you need to cover all your travel activities.

Remember the main rule is this: most insurance policies do not insure you if the FCDO recommends against travelling to said country.

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Incident response team 24/7 back-up and support

24/7 Back-Up and Support

Again, we have persuaded a company who only covered high profile corporations to widen their 24/7 service to the young traveller. They are amazing, and right now having access to their network whilst you travel will be key. They give advice from lost passports, accidents, to borders closing. Do not leave home without their number.

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Leap endorsed projects Go direct

Peak inside our little black book...

Never did we think we would ever consider doing this, but throughout lockdown we met some gorgeous people and projects around the world - people doing extraordinary things and are battling on against all odds to keep their mission alive.

For those travellers happy to go direct - we will happily introduce you, knowing that we have vetted them and given them The Leap gold star. Our mantra being - would Guy and Milly send their kids there....

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Alerts Join us on social media

Social media

@gapyearexperts is where you need to be.

Never have we been more dependent on this - instagram is the place where we will notify you of all travel update - so please follow us.

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Flights Access to our corporate team

Flight back-up

Now is not the time to book cheap flights - now is the time to book through an agent, a human being even, who can help and direct you with your flight. All VIP members will be introduced to our corporate team who are amazing.

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Entry Requirements Testing and quarantine

Covid testing and QR codes

Just the beginning - before departure there's the ever-changing admin required for entry into any country - which changes all the time. We do our best to keep up to date with this, but it is collaborative and everyone needs to take responsibility to find out what the rules are at their time of departure.

We recommend you look at the FCDO website for this information. We are NOT responsible for this but of course will guide.


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Legal Disclaimer Booking conditions

We do our best to provide up to date information, however as rules and regulations are fluid and change frequently with no notice, Leap VIP cannot be expected to be accurate at all times. We therefore do not accept any legal responsibility for the accuracy of any information provided either verbally, in writing, or via the website. Or for any errors or omissions we may inadvertently make, as entry regulations are complex, ambiguous, and often in a different language. You need to do your own research and get a second opinion from a trusted source like Trailfinders to ensure you are confident you comply with any laws and regulations. Leap VIP is not liable in anyway for any failures by you to obtain and comply with the correct legal requirements prescribed by the country you are visiting or for any costs, aggravation, or expenses incurred as a result.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you keep up to date and comply with all legal requirements and local laws to enter, travel, live, holiday, and work in any country you visit. For example by arranging appropriate visas and checking you comply with entry requirements (such as any PCR/Antigen or covid vaccinations) prior to travel. You can do this by checking the travel advice/entry requirements via the Foreign & Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) website for the country you are visiting. You also need to check the entry requirements on the local country government website (as this information may differ from the FCDO). Lastly we recommend you book flights via the corporate team at Trail Finders (TF) who have a department dedicated to providing up to date travel advice, ensuring you can check advice with TF. Please refer to our booking conditions.

Your next steps

This private hub of Leap VIP has been created to help the new generation of travellers navigate the unchartered and choppy waters of international travel.

We are asking for a one off annual subscription fee of £150 which is non-refundable BUT it is redeemable off Leap programmes and other products. It's a win, win purchase.

If you are unsure give us a quick call and we can talk you through it: 01672 519922.

Only when you're a member can then access Milly's diary online for a gap year consultancy, via zoom.

Read our booking conditions.

Subscription Cost

One-off subscription fee

Benefits of the hub

Inspiration

Chat to Milly and maybe do something you may never have thought of.

Independent travel

Top tips from those in the know, to help you travel safely.

Travel Admin

You'll know exactly what needs to be done to enter each country.

Who are we?

Where to start - Guy and I have run The Leap for what seems like a life time and the pandemic certainly played with our heads. But challenge is what we do, and we are excited about this resource aimed to help the independant traveller navigate the post-pandemic world. Their are solutions - you just need a helping hand to find safe and responsible options.

This resource has come together with the help of our friends all over the world and it will be your one stop travel shop.

Be part of this community and we will help you travel safely and responsibly.

"​I highly recommend first time travellers to use the Leap"

The trip to Madagascar is incredible as you get to experience such a diverse, beautiful island. The locals are super friendly and life on camp is great as you start to feel like a family. As the leap is one of three volunteering schemes on the same camp it’s easy to make lots of friends. Scuba diving was the most amazing experience.

Teaching was very very rewarding and made it easier to make friends with the local community. As I was ill whilst out there I can honestly say that The Leap was definitely worth the price as I was cared for very well and had someone come to hospital with me and translate everything as well as being very kind and caring. Overall, Madagascar was an amazing trip and I will definitely go back.

- Lucy Newman

"Confidence and reassurance"

Thank you Milly and team for all you have done in giving Gemma the experience of a lifetime. I don't underestimate the complications and issues that you have overcome in getting the group onto this amazing programme during a global pandemic. The confidence you have give Gemma and the reassurance that we have received has been immense and we are recommending you to anyone who will listen!

- Suze Raby

"Team were amazing"

Thanks so much for your kind email, I am sorry that I only have just seen it now! That evening was definitely a scary shock but it has now made me so much aware about going out at night.

The leap team were also amazing and I cannot thank Chris and Meli enough for helping me both at the hospital and then the following morning when dealing with insurance. My mum is also very, very grateful that you guys have been there to help the entire time!


- Anonymous

"Unstinting & cheerful help!"

Just to say Ollie got to CR & has now met up with his friends! Quite a journey! Thanks to you & all the Leap team for your unstinting & cheerful help! I fear I may be in touch in due course about exiting CR but meanwhile best of luck with all your current trips & I’ll leave you in peace!


- Julia Rooth

"I can’t think of a better company"

Clementine has just finished her Costa Rican adventure with you and has absolutely loved it. She says it was fantastic from start to finish and the group couldn’t have asked for a better team looking after them led by Chris. The same applies to you too. You have been brilliant from the get-go and nothing seems to have daunted you – ever! Getting the children out there was no mean feat and your ability to switch the programme to Costa Rica from Cuba at such short notice was very impressive. The photo at the beginning was a great touch and you have been incredibly responsive to every query however small. Thank you both for everything, I can’t think of a better company to have used for Clementine’s trip.

- Tania ( mum )

"How fantastic you all are"

We really can’t thank you enough for everything you have done to make this amazing adventure happen, and for all the hand holding for Mimi and us along the way! It’s incredible that they have managed to have as close to normal a gap year as it must be possible to have right now and we are enormously enormously grateful to you and everyone at The Leap who has helped make this happen. Thank you. We have been spreading the good word about how fantastic you all are!

- Selina ( mum )

"Your support is very much appreciated"

We knew in choosing The Leap she was travelling with your ‘safety blanket’ and so it proved. . Rachel at Trailfinders is also just the best. Very best wishes for continued success in such a challenging environment. The Leapers who are able to travel this year owe you and your team lots of gratitude for getting them away (and back!!).


- Anne ( mum )

"Change the course of their lives"

I am filled with admiration at all the trouble you have taken over every detail, so much appreciated when filling in all those damn forms! And it was brilliant that you kept us all (in our case 3 generations!) involved and informed about the changing situation every day. It has been so difficult for this group of 18 year olds unable to do their A levels properly and with all the attendant problems of the pandemic. I think the programmes you are offering may well change the course of their lives not only for the future of the planet but also by giving them opportunities to work hard together at the same time as having fun. Huge thanks and congratulations, I’m telling everyone how fantastic you are!

- Caromy (Grandmother)

"Quite an extraordinary responsibility"

Thank you, Milly. You've been an absolute star - quite an extraordinary responsibility and you're doing it admirably. Great friend of ours, has signed up for Namibia in March after hearing about Skye's adventures ahead...


- Katie Turnbull

Get in contact

With the covid travel experts

Worried about how to travel and plan your gap year through this pandemic?

We can help. We have sent lots of gappers away through the last 12 months and can confidently call ourselves Covid Travel Experts. Get in contact to start the ball rolling.


Or give us a call on +44 1672 519 922

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